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Robben Ford Sounds Spectacular In Asia Thanks To DPA

American blues, jazz and rock guitarist Robben Ford delivered an outstanding live performance when he and his band played Shatin Town Hall Auditorium in Hong Kong recently.

The sound quality was enhanced by the use of DPA microphones, a selection of which played a key role in ensuring the success of the event.

“As a concert promoter for over ten years, I have to say that Robben’s concert was our BEST in terms of sound and audio quality,” says Mr. Clarence Chang, from Jazz World Live Series that organized the concert. “This is all thanks to the great engineer Richard Wheeler and DPA Microphones.”

Named as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician Magazine, Robben Ford was a member of the LA Express and has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of all time including Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and George Harrison.

For his Hong Kong performance, Ford used a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, while his guitar amps and the bass amp were picked up by DPA d:dicate™ 2011C Twin Diaphragm Compact Cardioid Recording Microphones.

Sound engineer Richard Wheeler used a d:dicate 2011C microphone for the kick drum, positioning it half way into the hole where it delivered a clean, punchy and powerful sound. The top of the snare was also miked using a d:dicate 2011C, which was twinned with a DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone positioned on the bottom of the snare. All of the other drums were picked up individually using d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones in close proximity, while a perfect stereo image for the live mix was captured using a pair of DPA d:dicate 4011A stereo matched overhead recording microphones.

Robben Ford’s set also featured a Hammond B3 organ with a Leslie speaker. Two d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were used to pick up the top spinning horn rotor in stereo, while the bass rotor was captured using another d:dicate 2011C microphone.

Commenting on the sound quality after the show, Wheeler says: “I was amazed by it, especially the sound from the d:facto Vocal Microphone. It sounded just like Robben himself.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Earthworks Debuts IML Installation Series with LumiComm™ Touch Ring

Milford, NH – Introducing the Earthworks IML Installation Series featuring the LumiComm™ Touch Ring designed for permanent table top installation.

IML12-B, IML10-B, IML6-B, IML3-B

Seamlessly integrated into the microphone, the LumiComm™ Touch Ring consists of a dual-color LED light ring and a touch sensor output, providing integrators complete freedom to assign function and LED color with a media control system.

The IML microphone is a back-electret condenser that features a near-perfect cardioid polar response and a flat 30Hz-30kHz frequency response, allowing orators to maintain the same intelligibility at the front and sides of the microphone without a reduction of high frequencies.

IML models come standard with RF shielding, cardioid polar pattern, 4.5 inch body, black finish, touch sensitive surface, and dual-color (red & green) LED light ring. They are available with 3, 6, 10 or 12 inch goosenecks.

Primary applications for the IML Series include boardrooms, teleconferencing, distance learning, and government facilities.

Shipping July 2014.

See us at InfoComm Booth #C11708.

earthworksaudio.com

Point Source Audio to Launch World’s First Modular Intercom Headset Built for Pro Audio Applications

Petaluma, Calif. — Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “Unbreakable Boom” miniature microphones, will introduce its CM-i3 intercom headset—offering a revolutionary combination of in-ear performance, lightweight comfort and earphone modularity—at InfoComm 2014 (booth #C10913). This robust feature set make these headsets ideal for concert venues, front of house operations, multimedia production, personal entertainment and other professional trades relying on convenient two-way communications.

The CM-i3 intercom headset uniquely offers lightweight comfort and the binaural sound isolation required in a wide variety of specialized fields as well as personal communications. Whereas traditional head clamp style headsets can provide excellent sound isolation, their bulkiness and weight is not optimal for sustained wearing. At just 1.8 ounces, Point Source Audio’s latest product is the first to solve this challenge with a patent-pending solution that reduces the weight by as much as 90% compared to traditional headsets, and possesses incredible ease in switching from left, right, or left and right listening modes to create the desired audio mix.

Providing the ultimate in modularity for audio professionals and enthusiasts alike, the CM-i3 headset is designed using Point Source Audio’s superlative EM-3 in-earphones, but users will have the capability of switching out the supplied earphones with in-earphones of their own choice, if desired. The swappable in-earphones feature offers the ability to create a custom product that satisfies users’ personal preferences for audio quality and greatly improves the product’s serviceability and life.

The CM-i3 headset’s binaural capability provides a more dynamic range of use than traditional monaural headsets which are unable to filter environmental audio or interchange between left and right channels. Rather than requiring the user to remove the entire headset to check environmental sounds or interact with others, the user can simply remove one or both earphones to exit the listening mode or monitor a combination of feed audio and surrounding acoustics. This benefit makes it an ideal solution for control rooms, camera operators, stage and screen technicians and a variety of high-noise environments that require selective noise reduction or cancellation and increased audio intelligibility.

“Our new CM-i3 is a declaration to the audio industry that you don’t have to choose between size and comfort versus performance when selecting an intercom headset,” said James Lamb, President for Point Source Audio. “We aim to solve the nagging challenge currently in the intercom headset category. To that end, the CM-i3 leverages our company’s expertise in miniaturization to provide long-wearing comfort, dynamic operability and earphone customization—a first-to-market twist.”

Point Source Audio’s CM-i3 intercom headset will be demonstrated to attendees of InfoComm 2014 (booth #C10913) in Las Vegas and is expected to be available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide beginning in Q4 2014. More information about Point Source Audio’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 Miniature Mics Now Available World-Wide

Petaluma, Calif. — Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “Unbreakable Boom” microphone, has expanded the availability of its SERIES8 miniature microphones globally. As attendees to InfoComm 2014 (booth #C10913) will learn, the SERIES8 is available in three different styles: headset, earworn and lavalier. Created for use in broadcast, theater and live production, the SERIES8 miniature microphones have recently been adopted by distinguished venues such as the New York Philharmonic, Universal Studios, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kravis Center, and Shiki Theater Company Tokyo, to name a few.

SERIES8 mics have set a new standard for performance and durability in a micro size capsule. While the mic elements measure a mere 2-4 mm in diameter, the mics’ robust features are unlike any others on the market today. The omnidirectional microphones feature 148dB max SPL with an “Unbreakable Boom” bendable to 360°. In addition, they are IP57 waterproof rated against water, sweat and makeup, and feature interchangeable X-connectors for wireless compatibility on the spot.

“SERIES8 excels by offering integrators a microphone solution that combines an unmatched decibel rating in a tiny form factor,” said James Lamb, President for Point Source Audio. “Our design and engineering address concerns over durability and wireless compatibility to meet the needs of the most discriminating audio professionals from the board room to Broadway.”

The SERIES8 cardioid microphones are an ideal solution for performers who require isolation from surrounding performers. The cardioid mics perform best when placed just at the corner of the mouth, which also allows them to maintain an unobtrusive appearance when worn.

With a MSRP starting at $389, PSA’s SERIES8 miniature microphones are now available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide. More information about PSA’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

HARMAN’s AKG Enters Red Bull Air Race World Championships 2014 with Wireless Microphone Systems

ROVINJ, Croatia – While Hannes Arch, co-architect of HARMAN’s AKG AV100 aviation headphones, was the winner of the Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj, Croatia, the moderator’s bench was left wanting for nothing with their own set of HARMAN’s AKG wireless microphones, headsets and in-ear monitoring systems. The AKG systems enabled flawless communication on and off the racecourse during the commencement and winner ceremonies.

The system at the Red Bull Air Race featured the AKG DAM+ Series gooseneck microphones, equipped with CK49 capsules for the desks, capturing the sound of live commentators and the winners of the contest. The capsule is designed to capture the best sound in any indoor and outdoor environment, honing in on voices at greater distances, and reducing pop noise at short distances. Combined with the AKG WMS4500, DHT700 and DMS700 wireless microphone systems, the announcers were well-equipped for the show.

“Red Bull wanted to bring pristine audio performance and crystal-clear communication to this competition, which is why these AKG systems were perfect solutions for the Red Bull Air Race,” said Walter Rührig, Artist & Key Customer Relations, AKG. “In an outdoor environment like this, it is essential that we provided gear like the CK49 with windscreens, to reduce wind and pop noise during interviews and live announcements. The equipment performed perfectly without hiccups, which is a testament to AKG’s reliability.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Raiding the Rock Vault Continues to Thrill Audiences with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Recently rated by The Las Vegas Review Journal as “Best Musical 2014”, “Raiding the Rock Vault” uses HARMAN’s AKG Microphones to provide the ultimate classic rock concert experience in Las Vegas. Written by GRAMMY™-winning producer David Kershenbaum and John Payne of Asia, this 2-hour experience weaves an entertaining storyline with some of the greatest rock hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The full microphone system for “Raiding the Rock Vault” comprises 16 DMS700 V2 wireless channels connected to all the guitars through PT700 V2 transmitters, 12 WMS4500 wireless channels for vocals, with HT4500 D5 and D7 capsules for the singers and PT4500 transmitters for the actors. Twelve channels of IVM4500 are used for in-ear monitoring, while AKG’s HELICAL antennas take care of transmission.

“Everything has worked great, and that’s the most important thing,” said Keith Marks, production coordinator for “Raiding the Rock Vault.” “When we listened to the quality of AKG’s wireless microphones, we found that even artists who have never worked with wireless microphones before are loving it. The DMS system sounds perfect, on par with the quality of wired microphones.”

The “Raiding the Rock Vault” cast, which recently added Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake and Dio, performs over 200 shows annually. Naturally, the intensity and repetition of these shows require the production crew to maintain an inventory of extremely durable sound equipment.

“It’s a testament to the quality of the equipment, when it keeps performing great, day in and out,” Marks said. “Also, AKG provides incredible customer service: I can get Joe Wagoner or anyone else at AKG on the phone whenever I need them, which is an invaluable benefit.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

DPA Miniature Microphones Chosen For The Bodyguard

The hit stage musical of The Bodyguard, currently playing at the Adelphi Theatre in London, is relying on DPA’s d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones to provide amplification for all members of the cast who have spoken lines.

Written by Alexander Dinelaris and based on the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, the stage version of The Bodyguard features Beverley Knight in the role of Rachel Marron, with former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke taking over from June 2nd 2014.

DPA microphones have long been popular with the sound teams working on theatre productions, particularly those in the West End and on Broadway. The rugged nature of the company’s miniature microphones, combined with their ability to deliver great quality audio even when hidden in wigs and costumes, have made them enduring favourites.

Ania Klimowicz, Deputy Head of Sound for The Bodyguard, says DPA’s d:screet 4060s were chosen because sound designer Richard Brooker and director Thea Sharrock didn’t want any microphones to be visible to the audience. The microphones were supplied by Autograph.

“We use paint, tape and make-up on the mics to make them look as invisible in the actors’ hair or wig as possible,” Klimowicz explains. “We mainly use ‘mic clips’ and occasionally elastic to fix the mics to the performer’s head. Male actors with shaved heads are probably our biggest challenge – in those cases we abandon the usual centre top of forehead fitting and fit the mic over the ear.”

There are 32 actors involved in this current production of The Bodyguard, with 22 performing in each show. There is also a 10-piece band, a three person sound crew and a backstage cast of 45. When it comes to sound, the show is operated by one person who live mixes the band and vocals, as well as firing the sound effects.

“Three members of the cast are ‘double mic-ed’ meaning they wear a main and backup DPA d:screet 4060 head microphone,” Klimowicz says. “Some of the girls wear a headset, a head-mic and use a handheld microphone at various points during the show. Generally the sound for the spoken parts of the show is reinforced but remains naturalistic. This contrasts with numbers such as Queen of the Night or So Emotional, which are set during concerts and therefore need to feel big and more rock ‘n’ roll.”

Klimowicz adds that most of the show jumps in dynamics, except for a couple of numbers such as Run to You which is mixed more like a musical theatre number.

“We use the head-mics here as the song moves as part of the story and a hand-held would somewhat break with the audiences’ suspension of disbelief,” she explains.

Although sweat and make-up can be an issue for some stage productions, Klimowicz says they are not really a problem on The Bodyguard. None the less, the entire sound system including all the microphones are carefully checked before each performance to make sure everything works.

“The DPA d:screet 4060 microphones sound great and are also very reliable. We rarely have an issue with them,” she says. “Given the amount of wear and tear they face on a daily basis, they are incredibly rugged. They are also very small, which makes them much easier to hide in hair and wigs.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Biamp Systems Acquires Dev-Audio

Renowned audio solutions manufacturer adds microphone technologies company as it continues developing innovative products enhancing the robustness of its DSP offering

BEAVERTON, Oregon — May 15, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today has announced the acquisition of Dev-Audio, a developer of advanced microphone processing technologies and the award-winning Microcone product. Microcone and its associated software application, Microcone Recorder, are conferencing products that actively track and enhance voice quality, adaptively reduce background noise, and record directly to any computer. more

Marcus Anderson Creates Sounds For All Settings with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

LONDON, United Kingdom – Although he has yet to reach the age of 30, Marcus Anderson is already a seasoned musician and one of the most accomplished saxophonists in the world. The multi-talented artist has been playing saxophone with Prince’s band, the New Power Generation, for almost two years. Recently, Anderson also released his fifth solo album, Style Meets Substance, featuring Anderson on a range of instruments and which includes original material that spans a variety of genres. Through it all, Anderson has relied on HARMAN’s AKG C519 miniature condenser microphone in the studio and on stage.

“This new album in unique because I didn’t set out to make a typical album—I kind of just created whatever music I felt like,” Anderson said of Style Meets Substance. “There’s some rock, some Bollywood, some jazz and some old-school hip-hop. It’s creative, adventurous and I hope it takes the listener on a musical journey, through these different musical genres and eras.”

More than two years ago, Anderson began his tenure with the New Power Generation. “I started playing live with Prince and then later began working with him in the studio, recording and creating songs from scratch,” he said. “It’s been cool to work with him in a studio setting. He knows when to jump in and offer feedback and when to pull back and let you be creative. He’s very respectful to his musicians and that’s the beauty of working with him. At the same time, I learn something new from him every day. I feel like I’m in grad school!”

For several years, Anderson has relied on the AKG C519 for use with his saxophone, clipped onto the bell of the instrument. “The C519 has been a tremendous tool for me when recording and performing live—whether it’s at a club with my own band, or in an arena with Prince,” Anderson noted. “It reproduces my playing with clarity and purity. I’ve been a fan of AKG microphones for a long time and the C519 lives up to the standard of quality that AKG has set for all its products.”

The C519’s tight cardioid polar pattern makes it an ideal tool for use near monitor wedges, while its flat frequency response delivers a natural, powerful and clear sound.

Anderson also uses an AKG WMS4500 wireless microphone system for live performances and rehearsals. “I love the WMS4500–it’s crisp, clean and clear. It just punches for me and gives me that clarity I need. I can trim back the high end if I want and pump up the low/mid when I need to.”

For more information on Marcus Anderson, please visit www.marcusanderson.net

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Revolabs’ Next-Generation Executive Elite Wireless Microphone Systems Now Shipping

Solution Brings Simplicity and Exceptional Audio Quality to Unified Communications

SUDBURY, Mass. — May 13, 2014 – Revolabs Inc. today announced that it is now shipping its Executive Elite four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems, the latest additions to the company’s award-winning portfolio of unified communications solutions. The solution brings a new distributed architecture, best-in-class audio quality, increased density, enhanced integration with room control systems, and cloud-based management capabilities to boardroom and conference room settings.

Featuring ultra-safe AES-256 encryption with dynamic key updates every three minutes, Revolabs’ Executive Elite(TM) enables total flexibility with AVB, analog, and USB audio output capabilities. Further facilitating installations, the system’s all-new distributed architecture allows the solution’s remote antenna receiver and base units to connect via a standard Cat 6 cable with power over Ethernet (PoE) support — allowing the remote antenna receiver to be placed in the same room as wireless microphones to improve wireless connectivity and simplify setups.

“Executive Elite is completely redefining the wireless microphone experience in large-scale deployments,” said Marc Cremer, COO at Revolabs. “With expanded flexibility, incredible audio quality, and an elegant microphone design, the new solution solves a number of traditional issues including the need for bulletproof security and simpler microphone system scalability.”

Executive Elite’s redesigned microphones feature an elegant Fortune 500 look, superior audio pickup, improved signal-to-noise ratio, easy operation, and enhanced digital signal communication over wireless links. The system also introduces gooseneck microphones to the omnidirectional and directional tabletop series, wearable microphones, and XLR/mini-XLR adapters. Using the latest battery technology and power-saving features, the microphones allow up to 20 hours of talk time and 72 standby hours, even with receivers up to 300 feet away.

“When comparing Revolabs’ Executive Elite to our existing ceiling microphone setup, the difference in audio quality was night and day,” said Keith Gustafson, director of technology at MSpace. “Executive Elite’s microphones were louder, clearer, and our conferencing participants were able to notice a significant improvement in the new system’s signal-to-noise ratio. The combination of crystal-clear audio and beautiful design makes Executive Elite a truly impressive system; we look forward to implementing the solution for both our audio and video calls going forward.”

To reach beyond the system’s standard four or eight microphone channels, multiple Executive Elite receivers can be linked to utilize up to 44 (Americas) or 76 (rest-of-world) microphones in a single room. Administrators can monitor and control all microphones via USB, RS232, or Ethernet interfaces locally, or use a new cloud-based management environment for remote command and control capabilities including third-party managed installations.

The Revolabs Executive Elite four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems are available now. More information is available at www.revolabs.com.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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